On Saturday 26th November, over 350 Community Games volunteers from all over Ireland attended the National Area, Volunteer and Media Awards in the Salthill Hotel in Galway. MC for the night was Tony O'Donoghue and distinguished guests included former Olympian Olive Loughnane, Minister Sean Canney, Deputy Mayor of Galway Pearce Flannery, County Galway GAA Chairman Noel Treacy, Former DTTAS Secretary Donagh Morgan, Councillor Peter Keane, Philp Gillen of the HSE, Brighid Carson of INM Group and Aidan Doyle of Kia Ireland.
The Awards Ceremony is now in its 24th year and is one of Community Games most celebrated and prestigious events with over 100 prizes being awarded on the night. Adult and Youth Volunteers are the cornerstone on which Community Games is built and these Awards reflect the tremendous work being carried out at grassroots level across all four Provinces.
Media winners were nominated and judged in a variety of categories such as best ‘Social Media’, ‘Best Regional Newspaper’, ‘Best Area PRO’ and the Irish Independent sponsored ‘Best Published Article and Best Published Picture’. The marketing of Community Games at regional level is as important as the marketing at National level and something we encourage among all of our volunteers.
The night was particularly special for Jimmy O'Regan in Limerick who won a brand new Kia cee'd GT Line sponsored by the Official Car Partner Kia Ireland. The raffle was held ahead of the Golden Jubilee with tickets being sold Nationwide from last August. Each Area that sold tickets retained 70% of the proceeds to assist in their drive to raise development funds for their own areas. Runner up prizes for The Golden Jubilee Raffle were Hotel Vouchers from 12 Irish Hotels. The Golden Jubilee raffle proved to be so successful that a separate draw was held for the many areas who sold over 4 books of tickets with Steelstown in Derry winning €500.
Olive Loughnane, a former Community Games participant, Olympian and 2009 World Champion in athletics said: "When I was picked to go to Mosney in 1992 it felt like I had qualified for the Olympics! I was a late developer and being chosen to be on the team was an amazing confidence boost for me. I made some wonderful friends and great memories. I remember trying my best and not being too concerned whether I won or lost once I knew I had tried my best. That has been my philosophy ever since and I consistently always strive to do my best, win, lose or draw! I would like to thank all the volunteers in Community Games who promote sport, friendship and friendly competition on a daily basis and say well done to all the winners on their awards tonight."
Gerry Davenport, President of Community Games said:
"I would like to express a heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers in Community Games who give so much of themselves and expect so very little in return, and to our funders and the HSE may I take this opportunity to also say thank you for your continued support. "
Joe Fox, General Vice President said:
"The Area Awards reward all of those who work at grassroots level. It is a joy to see so many selfless people here tonight being presented with prizes!"
Bernie Brennan, PR and Communications Director said:
“Community Games has always moved with the times. There is a tremendous amount of exceptional work being done at a local level, especially in terms of Social Media engagement and we are delighted to see the trend of engaging facebook and website pages being developed and maintained by our busy and enterprising volunteers. Well done to all the winners."
There was much cheering as Ballymahon Forgney were crowned overall Area Winners on the night for the second year running! Ballymahon Forgney were also awarded the Steps to Health 2016 Gold quality standard - one of only three areas across the country to be honoured in this way.
One of the highlights of the night was when MC Tony O'Donoghue led the way as Community Games took part in the Mannequin Challenge. Take a look:
As Community Games gears up for its 2017 Jubilee celebrations one thing is for sure – the possibilities are endless.
Please see below for a full list of the winners on the night.
Noreen Hynes, Askea, Co. Carlow
Fionnuala McGahern, Co. Cavan
Anne Arthur O Brien, Co. Clare
Breda Norris O Sullivan, Co. Cork
Joanne Toland Doherty, Co. Derry
Mary O Donnell, Co. Donegal
Brian McManus, Co. Dublin
Tony Lee, Co. Galway
Sean Daly, Co. Kerry
Rita Timmons, Co. Kildare
Liz Gowing, Co.
Siobhan Whelan, Co.
Trish Aherne, Co.
Michelle Mulvey, Co.
Trudi McGuinness, Co. Louth
Hugh Lynn, Co.
Vinny Donnelly, Co.
Father Peader Corrigan, Co.
John Malone, Co.
Joe Henry, Co.
Margaret Cavanagh, Co. Sligo
Deirdre Ryan, Co. Tipperary
Geraldine Barry, Co. Waterford
Jason Moran, Co. Wexford
Fiona Kelly ShannonCo. Wicklow
Francis Whelan - Hacketstown, Co. Carlow
Cian Madden - Erne Valley, Co. Cavan
Lauren McConway - Quin/Clooney, Co. Clare
Jodie Cusack - Awbeg, Co. Cork
Aleesha Herron - Fanad, Co. Donegal
Patrick Sullivan - Gort, Co. Galway
Cassandra Myers - Keel/Kiltalagh, Co. Kerry
Cliodhna O Connor - Kilcullen, Co. Laois
Kyle McNabola - Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim
Noelle Curtin - Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick
Conor English - Lanesboro, Co. Longford
Tara McGuinness & Ardee & Reaghstown, Co. Louth
James Durkan - Boardsmill, Co. Meath
Darren Marrtin - Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
Rebecca Healy - Ferbane, Co. Offaly
Craig Traynor - Elphin, Co. Roscommon
Eimear Harte - St. Michaels, Co. Sligo
Calumn Cooke - Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
Courtney Power - Clonea/Rathgormack, Co. Waterford
Dylan Kehoe - Glynn/Barntown, Co. Wexford
Small Area Winners
Kilkishen/O'Callaghans Mills Oatfield, Co. Clare
Awbeg, Co. Cork
Ramelton, Co. Donegal
Abbeydorney/Kilflynn, Co. Kerry
Maynooth East, Co. Kildare
Killeshin, Co. Laois
Lough Allen, Co. Leitrim
Broadford Dromcollogher, Co. Limerick
Newtowncashel, Co. Longford
Foxford, Co. Mayo
Clonard/Killyon, Co. Meath
Tyholland, Co. Monaghan
FBD, Co. Roscommon
Gurteen, Co. Sligo
Templederry, Co. Tipperary
Clonea/Rathgormack, Co. Waterford
Glynn/Barntown, Co. Wexford
Large Area Winners
Askea, Co. Carlow
Erne Valley, Co. Cavan
Quin Clooney, Co. Clare
Beara, Co. Cork
Long Tower, Co. Derry
Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Iona, Co. Dublin
Athenry, Co. Galway
Kenmare, Co. Kerry
St Brigid's Newbridge, Co. Kildare
Emo Rath, Co. Laois
Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim
Ballybrown/Clarina, Co. Limerick
Ballymahon/Forgney, Co. Longford
Ardee and Reaghstown, Co. Louth
Breaffy, Co. Mayo
Slane, Co. Meath
Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
Ferbane, Co. Offaly
Ballaghadereen, Co. Roscommon
St. Mary's, Co. Sligo
Cashel, Co. Tipperary
Tramore, Co. Waterford
Piercestown - Murrinstown, Co. Wexford
Aughrim/Annacurra, Co. Wicklow
Munster - Quin Clooney
Leinster - Ballymahon/Forgney
Connaught - St Mary's
Ulster - Letterkenny
Media Award Winners
Runner Up Regional Paper: Seamus Hayes, Clare Champion
Runner Up PRO: Mary Phelan
Runner Up Regional Paper: Peter Campbell, Donegal Democrat
Runner Up PRO: Michael Crossan
Overall Regional Paper: John Foley, Carlow Nationalist
Overall PRO:Noreen Hynes
Social Media: Ronan Gately, Dublin Community Games Facebook Page
Facebook Photo: Nicola Lalor, Offaly Community Games
Best Website:Rob Stephen, Clare Community Games
Radio:John Mulligan, Galway Bay FM
Irish Independent Sponsored Best Published Article: Michael Crossan, Donegal
Irish Independent Sponsored Best Published Photo: Alf Harvey, Laois
JUBILEE RAFFLE DRAW
Car: Jimmy O Regan. Co. Limerick.
Salthill Hotel: Veronica Walsh. Co. Limerick
Shamrock Lodge Hotel:.Loughglynn C.G. c/o Margaret Flanagan. Co. Roscommon
City Hotel Derry: Rebecca Lloyd. Co. Kerry
Mulligar Park Hotel: Karen Starr. Co. Tipperary
Strand Hotel Limerick: Shauna Ora Tierney. Co. Galway
Raheen Woods Hotel Galway: Killian Cullagh. Co. Tipperary
CastleTroy Park Hotel: Mary Moroney. Co. Tipperary
Corralea Court Hotel: Kilteely C.G. c/o Noreen O' Dea. Co. Limerick
Station House Donegal Hotel: Anne Taaffe. Co. Sligo
Kilmurry Lodge Hotel Limerick: Sean Doyle. Co. Leitrim
Woodlands Hotel Limerick: Athenry C.G. c/o John Kelly. Co. Galway
McGettigans Hotel Limerick: Danny Patton. Co. Donegal
A Participant may now compete in the following:
NB: the complete 2017 rules will be available from 1st week in December online – please review the rules of any events you are preparing children for:
There is a change for certain Team Panels of up to 6 participants. All Team Events listed below will incur a Team entry fee of €110. Previously the cost was €25 per person regardless of the number on the panel:
Please click on the link below to read the Notice of the 2017 AGM
Community Games is delighted to announce Kia Ireland as their Official Car Partner for the next three years. Sean O’Brien, Leinster and National Rugby Great, was on hand to celebrate the partnership. Community Games holds a very special place in the heart of O’Brien as it was here he first picked up a rugby ball. Rugby turned him into a household name, but as he reflects himself, it was the 100m that won him his Community Games medal!
With over 160,000 children and 10,000 Volunteers, Community Games is one of Ireland’s largest sporting organisations.
2017 will be a special year as they welcome the Golden Jubilee of the organisation and to kick off the celebrations, Community Games with Kia have launched a National Golden Jubilee Raffle. The first prize in the raffle is a Kia cee’d GT Line worth over €20,000. All 570 Community Games areas benefit by retaining a percentage from every ticket sold enabling them to invest in their local committee and children. This Kia cee’d is one of two prize cars supplied by Kia.
Community Games President Gerard Davenport commented ‘This new partnership with Kia Ireland is testament to the work of Community Games all over Ireland in promoting healthy and active lifestyles for children and communities as a whole. Kia is one of the top 5 car manufactures in the world and with a history spanning over 50 years, is a great fit for Community Games. We look forward to celebrating our Golden Jubilee with Kia Ireland in the driving seat.’
James Brooks Managing Director of Kia Motors Ireland said:
“We are delighted to be associated with Community Games. Kia is primarily a family brand and we see a great fit between the organisation and our customer base. We are proud to help promote the great work of Community Games in any way we can."
Kia Ireland now join INM as a Corporate Partner to Community Games
Job Vacancy – 24th October 2016
National Volunteer Development Co-Ordinator
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer the successful candidate will be responsible for the development and co-ordination of all procedures and activities relating to the recruitment, screening, communication, training and motivation of Volunteers.
The successful candidate will have a minimum of three years’ previous management experience in the voluntary sector and the proven ability to develop and lead the volunteer programme.
Place of work: Athlone (however nationwide travel will be required) Car owner and full driving license essential.
Hours of work: 39 Hours a week (flexibility is required as weekend and evening work will be a feature of this employment)
Skills and Experience:
Applications with cover letter and CV for this position should be forwarded to John Byrne, Chief Executive Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday November 18th 2016.
by Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent, Limerick Leader
ON a bright spring Sunday in April 2014, the Monaleen U-10 Community Games Gaelic football team travelled to Killaloe to play an early season challenge game against the local side.
Monaleen had won the Munster title the previous year, qualifying to compete in the All-Ireland semi-finals in Athlone, but this was a new squad. There were plenty of early season rustiness on show from both sides through the opening half with little separating the sides on the scoreboard. Just before half-time Killaloe struck for two quick-fire goals, both of which were softish in nature. As a Monaleen assistant coach I was summoned to take a trip from my spot on the half way line down to the full-back line to try and sort the defensive frailties out.
Shortly after I arrived, Killaloe struck for a third goal and I quickly realised the root cause. The full-back and corner back had noticed the arrival of Anthony Foley on the sideline and were busily discussing same when a high ball dropped into the danger area and the Killaloe full-forward had little difficulty in dispatching the ball to the net.
They always said Anthony Foley had an innate ability to be in the right place at the right time on a rugby pitch. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the best place for the Monaleen Community Games side that April Sunday two years ago!
Neither Monaleen player would have been old enough to remember Foley as a player, they knew him as the Munster coach and were in awe that he would come to their match. Somehow it just didn’t seem right to tell the three excited youngsters chattering away in the back of the car on the way home that evening that the Munster coach was at the game to watch his son playing. As far as they were concerned, he had turned up to watch an U-10 football game.
Most of those same players are 12 now and struggling to come to terms with what has happened to Anthony Foley. Their dads are around the same age.
Sport is cruel at times, we all know that. But, not half as cruel as what life can throw at us on weeks like this.
This article is taken from an article published in the Limerick Leader by Colm Kinsella on 22nd October 2016
Community Games Press Advisory
The Board of Community Games met on Friday last October 21st 2016 to consider the location of the National Festival for August 2017 following recent correspondence from our current hosts Athlone Institute of Technology.
In light of this correspondence and a perceived change in relationship from a partnership to a strictly commercial arrangement the Board, after lengthy consideration, unanimously decided to relocate the 2017 National Festival. Details of the new venue will be announced in the near future.
Commenting on the decision the President, Gerard Davenport said, “The decision was taken after a detailed assessment by the Board of the current arrangements and a need for certainty as to the location and viability of future Festivals. I would like to thank AIT and the people of Athlone for their help over the past six years. Community Games looks forward to an exciting future for our National Festival albeit at a new venue”.
Bernie Brennan, PR and Communications Director (086) 8204488: email@example.com
Gerard Davenport, President (086) 8233222: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention County PRO
It’s that time again just when you thought all your hard work was over. IT’S MEDIA AWARDS TIME! The Awards will be held this year in the Salthill Hotel on Saturday 26th November.
There is a slightly different format this year, hopefully you will have picked up your new scrapbook over the Festival Weekends, this gives everyone the same starting block. If you have not received your scrapbook, please email us by clicking here.
Can you please put your paper cutting/photos from your local paper into the scrapbook using whatever format you wish. The closing date will be FRIDAY 11th NOVEMBER for receipt of the books. Please post them to Bernie Brennan, Community Games, 20 Inish Carraig House, Golden Island, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.
THERE ARE 2 NEW AWARDS THIS YEAR
1/ The Best Written Article that you have had published this year (this needs to be submitted in a sealed envelope)
2/ The Best Photo that you have had published this year (you can submit up to 6 photos if you can’t decide on one)
BREAKDOWN OF AWARDS
Runners up Regional Paper x2 (based on submission of Media Books)
Runners up PRO X2 (based on submission of Media Books)
Overall Regional Paper (based on submission of Media Books)
Overall PRO (based on submission of Media Books)
Social media winner (judged externally - based on Area, County and Provincial facebook pages - no submission needed)
Facebook photo winner (competition to be launched 19th October)
Best Website (judged externally - based on Area, County and Provincial facebook websites - no submission needed)
Radio (based on submission of Radio Coverage - apx 30 mins of audio)
Best Written Article published (please submit this - judged externally)
Best photo Published (please submit this - judged externally)
As part of our Jubilee Celebrations, we would like to recognise the vital contribution of our volunteers over the past 50 years.
This will be in the form of:
Each County is asked to select a nominee recognising a volunteer who has given outstanding service to the Organisation since its foundation. The Award is aimed primarily at volunteers at Grass Root/Area Level and the Awardee does not have to have served in any formal capacity at County Committee or other level. The only restriction on nominees is that the person may not have served on the Board of Directors over the past 5 years (since 2012).
Each County is asked to submit their nomination with a photograph which must be at least 1mb in size and emailed to email@example.com accompanied by a brief biography, 400 words max, by 10th February 2017.
On receipt of the nominations the biographies of all Nominees will be published in the Irish Independent over a two-three week period with voting taking place online by email but restricted to one vote per email address.
All Nominees will be invited to a lunch where they will receive an Award to recognise their contribution,on Saturday March 18th 2017 where the overall winner will be announced.
Our ‘Golden Jubilee Raffle’ was launched at this year’s National Festival, hopefully you will have seen our top prize, the Kia Cee’d GT Line on display.
Could you be the new driver?.
This is the perfect opportunity for you and your committee to raise funds while giving your community the chance to win some super prizes!
Time is running out so act now!
If you haven’t received your allocation of tickets from your County Secretary please contact them today to start selling and raising funds for your area. Tickets need to be returned to Community Games before November 18th 2016!
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